Welcome to Abbey Gardens, a community garden in West Ham
surrounding part of the ruins of a
12th century abbey.

There are free garden club sessions and new gardeners are always welcome. The garden is open to visitors from dawn till dusk.


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Gardening sessions take place on
Tuesdays 1pm-3pm
Thursdays 4pm-7pm
Saturdays 10am-4pm

People and plants – our community, gardening

Everything we grow has a human story. Garden club leader Candace has been planting her favourite herbs. George tends and shares garlic chives, which he uses in Chinese cooking. This year’s variety of tomatoes has been grown from seedlings brought by gardeners and neighbours. There’s Cosmos, one of the flowers in our very first planting scheme, back in the garden, from plants started off two blocks away. The magnificent patches of Amaranth have been sown and tended by two generations of women from a local family. The aubergines have been grown by schoolchildren. And the dwarf beans were sown by a dad and daughter, both fans of gardening.

So when you visit the garden, think of the community, gardening.

If you’d like to try our produce, come and garden with us at our free, drop-in Saturday sessions, from 1pm-5pm. We share the harvest between us and any surplus goes on the honesty stall for donations. The garden is also open to visitors every day from dawn ’til dusk.

When visiting the garden, please use the rubbish bin by the gate or the recycling bank just up the road, or take your rubbish home with you. It keeps the garden nice for everyone and safer for little ones.